- Harry will marry US actress at ceremony watched around the world on May 19
- William will return the favour after Harry was his best man at wedding to Kate
- Kensington Palace say: ‘The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked’
- William was due to be at the FA Cup final on the day, but will now stay in Windsor
Prince Harry has asked his older brother Prince William to be his best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle, it was revealed today.
Harry, 33, was best man to Wills at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.
In a statement released this morning, Kensington Palace said: ‘Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle.
‘The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19th.
‘Prince Harry served as best man to The Duke of Cambridge at his wedding to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011.’
Prince Harry has asked his brother William to be his best man, Kensington Palace has said. The royal brothers are pictured at an Anzac Day event yesterday where Wills put a supportive hand on his future sister-in-laws shoulder
William will return the favour after Harry was best man at his wedding to Kate in 2011
Kensington Palace posted this charming picture of the pair alongside the announcement
There was previously concerns over whether Prince William would be able to attend the whole ceremony, as he was due to attend the FA Cup final as part of his duties as President of the Football Association.
But last month he decided to ditch his duties at Wembley to be at his brother’s side on May 19.
The ceremony in Windsor which begins at noon and is followed by an evening reception.
Harry and Meghan sent out the invitations last month.
Some 600 guests will attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding service at St George’s Chapel before they all make their way to a lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by the Queen.
Later that evening, 200 guests are invited to the private reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.
The invitation stipulates a strict dress code with men asked to don military uniform – likely to be worn by Harry, a former solder who is now Captain General of Royal Marines – or a morning coat and lounge hat, with women asked to wear a day dress and hat.
The brothers, pictured together in 2001, have been life-long confidantes to each other
The official announcement was made at 10;30am this morning by Kensington Palace